Indeed, a wave of social conservatism is sweeping much of the Middle East, while Iran moves in the opposite direction. I just want to be a decent girl who is a traditional mom and at the same time part of modern society. So what is different in Iran? Part of what Emadi says about Islamic art is excerpted below. These days it is difficult to find a really open-minded Iranian man. But once equipped with degrees, many struggle to find men willing to embrace a more liberated woman. Foreign Policy asks, could erotic revolution in Iran topple the regime? He had grown uninterested in sex, she said, although later she found suggestive texts on his phone from nurses and female co-workers. Mostaghim is a special correspondent. Women's rights groups rose up to defeat the proposal. She broke up with him last year after he refused to let her go out in the evenings alone and interrogated her after parties about men she had danced next to. According to a recent report on the news website Baztab-e Emruz, a growing number of male prostitutes can be found in sport facilities and recreational centres in wealthy districts in north and north-west Tehran. To imagine Western art without the nude is, in contrast, impossible. A more recent relationship with a suave computer expert broke up when he told her he would only marry a virgin. The actress, who asked to be identified as Marziyeh to avoid angering her conservative family, moved to Tehran to study drama over the worries of her parents. Clerics promote marriage relentlessly and often cite the prophet Muhammad, who is quoted as saying about his own marriage: There are a number of potential explanations, including economic factors, urbanization, new communication tools, and the emergence of a highly educated female population — all of which are probably partly responsible for changing attitudes toward sex.